Viking Cruises Promise: Quality, Service and Value

Viking CruisesViking River Cruises operates the world's largest and leading fleet of deluxe vessels built specifically for river travel. With its fleet plying the waterways of Europe, Russia, Ukraine and China, Viking has welcomed more than half a million people on magical, enlightening journeys through these exciting places.

Viking River Cruises Offer Elegant, Comfortable Ships

Viking ships are Scandinavian in design, with open, airy interiors by famed Norwegian maritime architects Yran & Storbraaten. Guests enjoy all the amenities they might expect in a fine hotel, plus expansive, panoramic views throughout.

Spacious Accommodations Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

Every stateroom has an "outside" river view with a window or balcony for viewing scenery, and on every ship, most windows open to the fresh air. Experience the comfort of hotel-style beds with European linens and duvets, and satellite television with BBC, CNN and other programming.

Accommodations Onboard Viking River Cruise

Gourmet Cuisine Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and wonderful lunches and dinners with Viking. Created by European and well known chefs, Their menus combine regional specialties with gourmet fare to delight the most discriminating palate. While meals are casual, open-seating affairs, the atmosphere is always elegant.

Expert Planning & Execution Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

When you travel with Viking, you can relax knowing that all the details of your experience, both on board and ashore, will be fun and interesting. Their knowledgeable Programme Directors, all Viking staff members, are completely devoted to ensuring that every trip you take with them exceeds your expectations.

Cultural Enrichment Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

On every Viking itinerary, their expert Programme Directors provide background, context and regional perspective. Demonstrations, lectures and workshops supplement on-shore exploration. And now, they take you to a wider range of destinations than ever before—which means more cultural traditions, cuisines and wines, games, music and dances to experience and enjoy. This adds up to a personalized, in-depth experience wherever you travel with Viking.

The World's Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line

Viking have been consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List, Reader's Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure's World's Best; they have also been honoured by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized them with awards including TravelAge West's Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly's #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic's The 10 Best of Everything.


The Viking River Cruise experience—scenery, history and cultural enrichment

Picture-perfect scenery surrounds your ship as it glides gracefully along one of the world's great rivers. But the Viking experience is so much more—with a perfect combination of shore excursions, lectures, demonstrations and performances, every journey is a cultural adventure.

Comprehensive Shore Excursions with a Viking River Cruise

  • Wandering the halls of the Hermitage Museum in Russia's St. Petersburg
  • Sampling fine French wines in Burgundy
  • Strolling the courtyards of Beijing's Forbidden City
  • Touring age-old castles along the Middle Rhine
  • Marveling at the incredible dexterity of a Chinese artist crafting fine porcelain wares

When traveling with Viking, you enjoy at least one shore excursion every day. These guided tours bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations—and virtually all excursions are included in the cruise fare, providing great value and an incredibly rich experience. In most ports, you will also have some leisure time for shopping or whatever takes your fancy. And of course, if you would prefer not to join the organized shore excursion you are always free to explore as you choose—independently.

Viking River Cruises

Never Miss a Word Onboard a Viking River Cruise Ship

With the Quietvox tour audio system, there are no worries about missing any of the interesting details on your shore excursions. This popular program provides personal headsets for all travelers. A lightweight portable receiver is worn around the neck or slipped into a pocket, and a comfortable earpiece with individual volume control allows you to hear your guide's comments no matter where you are standing—so every guest has the 'best seat in the house.

Immerse Yourself in the Region's Old World Highlights Onboard a Viking River Cruise Ship

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in Viking's Old World Highlights—immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:

  • Hands-on demonstrations in cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing
  • Classes in cooking local specialties, like apple strudel
  • Tai chi lessons from a Chinese master—offered on deck as you cruise through the Yangtze morning mist
  • A traditional tea service in Russia or Ukraine

These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Learn More About History and Local Arts With Culture Curriculum with a Viking River Cruise

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:

  • The Dutch Masters or French impressionists, or the formation of the European Union, while travelling through Europe
  • The fall of Communism in Russia
  • The importance of China's dynasties while sailing on the Yangtze River, or Egypt's dynasties while sailing on the Nile
  • Key words and phrases in the local language wherever you are travelling

These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.

Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. Viking and ourselves at Planet Cruise take care of all the details—transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories


Viking River Cruise Dining

Dining is a very important highlight of any travel experience, but especially with Viking. Their chefs create a variety of delicious offerings featuring European, Russian and Chinese specialties—adapted for Western tastes—with fresh seasonal vegetables and soups prepared throughout your cruise.

Variety to Suit Every Palate Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

For breakfast, choose from a delectable array of European pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, smoked fish, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. Or you may prefer a hot dish, such as an omelet made just the way you like it. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or choose an entrée and dessert from the day's luncheon menu.

For dinner, a five-course gourmet menu awaits—with regional specialties like Viennese schnitzel or Barbary duck. On their China cruise tours, enjoy one of celebrity chef Martin Yan's Chinese delights, as well as favorites like roast beef or poached salmon. And if none of these meet your preference, then grilled steak, chicken and Caesar salad are always available as dinner options—all prepared in the state-of-the-art onboard kitchens.

Local Culinary Specialties Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

If an itinerary has included meals ashore, you visit restaurants carefully selected by Viking's in-country staff—where you can sample regional favourites, like Peking duck in Beijing or a traditional German lunch in Rothenburg. And wherever you sail, enjoy treats reflecting your itinerary, like Dutch cheese sampling, French wines and quiches or Russian tea time. These culinary delights are a central part of experiencing any region's culture.

Casual Dining in Elegant Style Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

Viking restaurants are designed for single-seating meals—and you can sit anywhere you like. Dining is always an elegant experience, with crisp table linens, sparkling china and crystal, contemporary cutlery and special touches like flowers. And of course, impeccable service!

Silver Spirits, Premium Beverage Package Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

Your meals are always accompanied by hot tea, iced tea or coffee, while cocktails, wine, beer, coffee drinks and soda are available on a per-drink basis.

Viking also proudly offer their Silver Spirits premium beverage package, which covers a selection of premium wine, beer, espresso drinks, soft drinks, juices and mineral water for the duration of your cruise, plus cocktails and a bottle of sparkling wine—all for one package price. They also offer a nonalcoholic package, for those who would like unlimited soft drinks and juices.

Viking River Cruise Dress Code

Dress aboard and ashore is casual; Viking suggest you dress comfortably and bring sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions. Dinner attire is "evening casual," and the Captain's Dinner is dressy, but not formal with gourmet cuisine to complement your cruise.


Tips are not included in your cruise fare, but it is customary to give gratuities at the end of your cruise presuming satisfactory service has been received. £5-£10 per guest is the general guideline onboard Viking River Cruises. This is distributed among the ship's staff, unless you specify particular recipients.

Currency Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

The onboard currency is the euro. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of your trip, you may pay in cash, or by credit card (your bill will be converted at the current exchange rate). Unfortunately, travellers checks cannot be used for payment of your shipboard account.


All-inclusive packages—another Viking hallmark

With Viking, your cruise fare includes just about everything—from meals, enrichment lectures and shore excursions to hotel accommodations on their "cruise tour" itineraries. A Viking holiday is an excellent travel value.

Dining Aboard & On Shore with Viking River Cruise Ships

Classic cuisine is yours on board their ships, with regional specialties as well as Western-style favourites. Restaurants have been selected to represent local culinary delights for most meals on shore.

Shore Excursions with Viking River Cruise Ships

Many of the highlights of a Viking trip are found on the guided tours. You will be immersed in local culture on an excursion every day, and virtually all of these activities are included.

Performances & Demonstrations Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

Viking itineraries feature cultural events—such as a Chinese acrobatic performance or a Dutch wooden shoe carving demonstration. Nearly all of these enriching experiences are also included.

Onboard Lectures Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

The Culture Curriculum lectures focus on the history of the regions through which they sail, with topics ranging from the painters of the Seine to the Russian czars. They are another facet of the all-inclusive packages.

Personalise Your Cruise with Viking River Cruise Ships

If you want to enhance your cruise by going above and beyond the included excursions, Viking offer a selection of optional activities on each itinerary. Attend a classical concert in Vienna or a Tang Dynasty dinner show in Xian; take a wine-tasting tour or visit an art gallery. You can purchase these special-interest excursions separately on board to personalize your journey.

Explore More Pre- and Post-Cruise Extensions with Viking River Cruise Ships

Wherever your holiday takes you, Viking and Planet Cruise have exciting ways to extend your stay and see even more. With Viking and Planet Cruise, you can often add a hotel stay at either end of your cruise (and sometimes both) in fascinating places like Paris, Prague, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. And you will stay in hotels specially selected for their stellar locations and high levels of guest satisfaction.

Beverages Onboard Viking River Cruise Ships

Hot coffee and tea are free all day. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for an additional charge. Complimentary bottles of water are placed in your stateroom each day; additional bottles are available for purchase. You may bring local wine aboard and enjoy it with your meals for a modest corkage fee.